Commenting on an earlier post, a teacher pointed out that students in his/her district in a low-performing school are allowed to transfer (thanks to No Child Left Behind) to a higher-performing school.
In my district, parents have the right to transfer their child to a “higher performing” school in the district if their local school is “lower performing”. Because my local school is in one of the more affluent areas of town, it usually scores a C, which is one of the higher grades in town. Because it scores higher, parents do transfer their kids, which means it has the largest class sizes in the district. I’d sooner send my kids to a “lower performing” school with smaller class sizes.
Now the higher-performing school is overcrowded and has larger classes. In time, it may well become a low-performing school. But by then, the low-performing school (thanks to Race to the Top) will be closed.
How crazy is that? What happens then? Will everyone go to charter schools? And when they are low-performing, where do they go then? Oh, yes, to those very low-performing cyber charters. In the midst of all this turmoil and upheaval, will anyone get an education? Education. Remember?